Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing your placenta, dehydrating it and grinding it into a fine powder which is then packed into capsules to be used as an all natural supplement. The ingestion of the placenta is known as placentophagia. The purpose of placentophagia by the mother is to reintroduce the beneficial vitamins, minerals, hormones, proteins, and other nutrients to her body following labor and birth.

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During pregnancy begin a conversation with your doctor about your desire to take your placenta home. Ask your doctor for her personal experience with patients taking their placentas home. There is no need to explain your placentophagy plans if you are uncomfortable doing so. “Cultural” or “personal” reasons should suffice if you are asked why you would like your placenta.

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